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Primary Stages ESPA 10th Anniversary Reading Series
Celebrating the Playwright Collaborations within the Primary Stages ESPA Community

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
4:30pm – 10:30pm

Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street
btw 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Join us for an evening at Jimmy’s No. 43 to celebrate several of the writers groups that have been born out of the writing classes at Primary Stages ESPA. Each writers group will share a selection of excerpts, cast with actors and heralded by a director. We are thrilled to give these writers a space to showcase their work, and proud to celebrate the collaboration and community that is foundational to ESPA. This will be a full evening event and we encourage you to join us for as much as you can!

All tickets are free, and walk-ins are welcome.


4:30pm – 5:30pm: Featuring the plays of THE ENDINGS and the songs of THE LYRICISTS

  • THE ENDINGS: featuring David John Ceci, Cayenne Douglass, and Dani Martineck
    The Endings met in Leah Nanako Winkler’s 10-Minute Play class and immediately formed a group based on warm, honest, and constructive support. They periodically come together to reconnect and share scripts in progress.
  • THE LYRICISTS: featuring David John Ceci, Allison Keller, Ed Levy, and Larry Yates
    Without words, it is just music. Without music, they are just words. Arm in arm with our composer collaborators, The Lyricists proudly proclaim: Carpe Canticum – Seize the song!

5:45pm – 6:45pm: Featuring the plays of THE HOT PLUMBERS and a TV pilot from THE ONE AND THREE

  • THE HOT PLUMBERS: featuring Chappell Ellison, Brian Hanscomb, and Kathleen McElfresh
    The Hot Plumbers were born out of a First Draft class taught by Heidi Schreck, and their goal is to encourage and support each other through their creative endeavors. Their group name comes from a character in one of their plays who is, well, a hot plumber.
  • THE ONE AND THREE: featuring Emily Bohannon and Walker Hare
    The mission of The One and Three is to have fun and spread the important message of synth country to the world at large.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Featuring the plays of THE HUMPDAY COLLECTIVE

  • THE HUMPDAY COLLECTIVE: featuring M. Jane Balanoff, Alex Beck, Deborah Lerner Duane, Michael Feldman, Joan Saltzman, and John Yarbrough
    The HumpDay Collective is an intergenerational group of playwrights committed to advancing their work in a safe and non-judgmental space where honesty and good manners fuel their creative endeavors. They also vent about the political climate.

8:15pm – 9:15pm: Featuring the plays of LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT

  • LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT: featuring Matt Barbot, Nat Cassidy, Julissa Contreras, Tim Errickson, and Isaac Rathbone
    Lather, Rinse, Repeat was formed to provide a means for writers to hear their full-length works in their entirety instead of in brief 10-20 page excerpts. They developed a process by which they “Lather” with a round of full-lengths (each playwright receiving a table-read of their work read by professional actors followed by feedback), then they “Rinse” with a weekend retreat (to generate ideas for the next full-length play), then they “Repeat” it all over again.

9:30pm – 10:30pm: Featuring the plays of THE BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE

  • THE BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE: featuring Estelle Bajou, Emily Daly, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Rachael Jenison, Lindsay Joy, Jessica Luck, and Martha Pichey
    The Beehive Collective is a writers group created to empower the voices and stories of women.
Have questions about ESPA 10th Anniversary Reading Series? Contact Primary Stages ESPA

When & Where

Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003


Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is a multidisciplinary school with departments in writing, acting, and directing. Now in its eleventh year, ESPA has refined actors who have been seen on and off-Broadway, developed writers whose work has won awards and received workshops and productions, and served as a professional and artistic home for emerging talent. ESPA is defined by its strong commitment to collaboration through programs such as Detention, a monthly series that partners ESPA writers, actors, directors, and a faculty advisor in the creation of highly original performances. Having provided a home to over 3,000 students, ESPA has become a leader in performing arts education through its excellence in training, collaboration and networking opportunities, and strong professional community. ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers.


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